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Upcoming Gmail redesign will also herald the arrival of self-destructing emails

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Edmund Robinson | 14 April, 2018, 22:12

In the compose window of Gmail, there is a small lock icon named "Confidential Mode", which states that the email recipient won't be able to forward email content, copy and paste, download or print the email. A user can set the expiration date for the email following which the mail would be deleted at the time set by the user. Following the update, you'll be able to set emails you send to "expire" after a certain amount of time. Apparently, the new self-destructing emails feature which will allow the users to put a timestamp to their mails after which the email won't be available anymore has been termed as the "Confidential Mode" in Gmail.

The new Gmail is also expected to feature offline storage, meaning users can save their emails to their computer or local storage device.

Earlier this week, news leaked about Google's plan to revamp Gmail sometime in the next few weeks, and from what we've seen so far, it looks pretty good.

A Google spokesperson said: 'We work hard to comply with the Right to be Forgotten, but we take great care not to remove search results that are in the public interest and will defend the public's right to access lawful information.

Still, in the wake of data privacy scandals like Facebook's recent Cambridge Analytica incident, it's nice to see companies like Google offering their users extra privacy features.




It'll also be possible to ask recipients to confirm their identities with a text-based passcode. The report describes that on the recipient's side, the person used the existing version of Gmail and received a link to view the confidential email.

Google has confirmed that the launch is near, but they haven't released specifics at this time.

Google is now testing how Chrome extensions work with the new Gmail display.

There are many similarities between ProtonMail and the new Gmail design, but one of the main differences between the two services is how they handle the self-destructing emails.

End-to-end encryption is also not mentioned by Google anywhere. As The Verge notes, a Confidential email recipient would only need to take a screenshot of an email to avoid these safeguards entirely.

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